UPDATE: Man in wheelchair hit by car, suspected to be intoxicated

Newscenter 16 has an update to a story we first brought last Friday when a pickup truck collided with a motorized wheelchair in the middle of Indiana State Road 933.

The accident happened in the dark of night, around 8pm, and now police suspect the wheelchair-bound man to have been drunk. 49-year-old Charles Dawson was hit in his motorized wheelchair just south of the state line.

He fell from his chair into the street and was taken to the hospital with head injuries. Now according to police, it appears Dawson may have been intoxicated when it happened.

Police can't make an official statement until blood results are returned, but they do suspect alcohol to be involved. Witnesses told police at the scene, Dawson had been drinking at a nearby pub before the incident.

Investigators are still digging into why Dawson was in the middle of the street at night, they say his mix of dark clothing and a dark chair were not a good combination.

Michigan state police said earlier today this is not the first complaint against Dawson. He has had incidents involving alcohol dating all the way back to 1997.

The most recent was an incident on October 5th, where Dawson had apparently fallen out of his wheelchair on the fog line, just across the state line where 933 becomes South 11th Street.

Police say he was unresponsive on the fifth and very clearly reeked of alcohol. He was not in the road, but an ambulance was called to help him.

Dawson wasn't taken to the hospital or charged, but that's just one complaint among many.

For now, police wait to see Dawson's blood results. Hopefully then, they can determine why Dawson was in the road, and to help prevent an incident like this from happening in the future.


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